“Who Makes That Club?” (Romans 2:4)

It was a daunting carry of at least 200 yards, over a water hazard and a bunker. I pulled out my 5 wood, my club of choice for this distance. Attempting to focus on the tiny green and blocking out the obvious distractions, I addressed the golf ball, then swung my club. I was surprised when I made perfect contact and watched the ball soar through the air and gently land on the green. I had a birdie opportunity!

“Wow! That was impressive! Who makes that club?”

I was playing in a threesome with another person, who joined my friend and myself at the beginning of the round. He was nodding his head and grinning. I happily obliged and handed him my club so he could inspect it. 

“Yeah, I have to think about getting this!”

It was amusing that this stranger who never saw me play before that day, immediately concluded that it must be my equipment that allowed me to make that superb golf shot. Had he played with me on other occasions, he would have quickly surmised that the same club was also used to dump the ball into hazards and out of the bounds more times than it successfully landed my shots on the green. It wasn’t the club, I was just lucky!

In life, we often draw quick conclusions with very little information or experience. Most in-person job interviews last less than an hour. While every employer does their due diligence on their applicants, it is clearly an imperfect process. Like my lucky golf shot, one may draw a hasty conclusion with an incomplete understanding or representation of the person. The result may be hiring someone who does not work out to one’s expectations. 

Thanks be to God that He does not force us to make a hasty decision about accepting His Lordship in our lives. God is working in everyone’s lives, drawing them closer to Him through ordinary events and life experiences. 

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? 

Romans 2:4 (NLT)

God knows us better than we know ourselves. It is not like a random golf shot. It is deliberate and ordained. He arranges the events of our lives into the perfect sequence to allow us to see His glory. Why? He desires to be in a relationship with us through faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. And if we choose to accept His offer of salvation and eternal life, He will sanctify us, transforming us into the people He created us to be. 

Praise God!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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